The Best Hotels In Tagaytay for Every Traveller

Many of the hotels in Tagaytay in the Philippines boast views of Taal Lake
Many of the hotels in Tagaytay in the Philippines boast views of Taal Lake | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
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24 February 2021

Tagaytay, close to the Phillippines’ capital and popular with Manileños looking for an easy weekend break, is a breath of fresh air after traffic-clogged Manila. Snaking along the high ridge of an ancient crater, it has stupendous scenery: pick a hotel with prime real estate for uninterrupted views of Taal Lake and the active volcano island that rises from the waters.

Anya Resort Tagaytay

Resort
4.6/5 (51 Reviews)
Anya Resort Tagaytay
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The 78 opulent suites at Anya Resort are awash with neutral-toned textiles and geometric prints and come with spacious balconies or garden terraces. You can even customise your room scent and amenities to optimise the experience. Treat your senses to even more aromatherapy with a massage at Niyama Spa, or venture to Taal Lake for boat rides and volcano views.
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The Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Hotel
3.7/5 (239 Reviews)
The Lake Hotel
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The Lake Hotel has clean, functional rooms, but the real draw here is the view. The infinity pool, al fresco bar and broad garden – as well as the best suites – have a clear, expansive view of Taal Lake. Kids will love the games room and indoor pool, but if that fails, the bumper cars and carousels of Sky Ranch are just a 20-minute walk through town.
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Escala Tagaytay

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Escala Tagaytay
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The star of the show at Escala is undoubtedly the infinity pool – each of the 60 guest rooms overlook this sparkling centrepiece, which juts out like a finger pointing towards Taal Lake below – but be warned: it’s unheated so can get pretty chilly. Equally fabulous views can be found at the top-floor restaurant – the food’s not half bad either. Instagrammers have already discovered this place, but a mid-week stay should help you avoid the crowds.

T House

Hotel

Does the T stand for Tagaytay, Taal or tranquillity? Perhaps it’s all three. With just 18 garden and courtyard suites, a small saltwater pool and hot tub and a tiny spa, this lovely retreat is a fine base for your Tagaytay trip. There’s a shopping mall and plenty of Asian restaurants nearby – but make sure you try the in-house Spanish-Filipino cuisine at Hiraya Cafe (the brick-oven pizzas are particularly special).

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Taal Vista Hotel

Hotel
4.1/5 (557 Reviews)
Taal Vista Hotel
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Part Tudor-style mansion, part mid-century motel, Taal Vista is practically next door to Sky Ranch and features a pool, kids’ corner and plenty of adjoining suites and large rooms, making it ideal for group and family trips. Mountain wing rooms are more modern than those in the lake wing, and offer some of the best views of Taal Lake. Don’t miss an evening cocktail in the lobby bar, where entertainment comes in the form of live piano performances and panoramic sunset views.
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    Eco Hotel
    4.5/5 (24 Reviews)
    Containers by Eco Hotel
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    What makes this hotel special? The clue’s in the name: all 30 rooms here are made from repurposed steel shipping containers. The hotel ethos revolves around low-waste living, which is reflected in the upcycled furniture, crafty decor (such as wine bottle lamp shades) and, of course, the structure itself. Playful murals line the walls and there’s a large, laid-back rooftop with a Pinoy barbecue restaurant.
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    Discovery Country Suites

    Hotel, Hotel
    4.5/5 (26 Reviews)
    Discovery
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    Country Suites is not your average B&B. Here you’ll also get complimentary wine and cheese served at sundown, plus warm milk and cookies before bed. Rooms have huge plush beds and hardwood floors, while some come with fireplaces and terraces. There’s no pool, but the oversized hot tub is ideal for an evening dip. For some of the best views in Tagaytay, head west along the Tagaytay-Calamba road to People’s Park in the Sky, an eerie, abandoned, half-built mansion perched on a mountain top.
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    Nurture Wellness Village

    Eco Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.5/5 (20 Reviews)
    Nurture Wellness Village
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    Tagaytay may only be an hour’s drive from Metro Manila, but you’ll feel a world away at Nurture Wellness Village. Like organic kale smoothies, yoga and massages galore? You’re in for a treat. Take your pick of Ifugao-inspired huts, garden-view rooms or glamping tents around a bonfire and let the detox begin. Don’t miss a visit to Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm, where you can learn about the healing benefits of honey, and even bee stings.
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    The Inn at Cliffhouse Tagaytay

    Bed and Breakfast, Inn
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    The vast suites at The Inn At Cliffhouse are named after four New England lighthouses and boast views of Taal Lake and beyond. Mounted stag heads in the lobby continue the regional theme, but clash a little with the otherwise fresh, seaside-themed decor. There are a selection of restaurants within the complex – the steaks and seafood at FireLake Grill are particularly popular – but get a takeaway and head to Picnic Grove for an al fresco lunch overlooking Taal Lake.

    These recommendations were updated on February 24, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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